THE DARKNESS TO ADDRESS THE NATION

Justin Hawkins will go head to head with the Queen's speech to impart his words of wisdom...

THE DARKNESS’ JUSTIN HAWKINS will go head to head with the QUEEN when he delivers his own speech on Christmas Day.

During the message – which will air on MTV at 3pm on December 25 – the flamboyant singer is expected to reflect on the whirlwind year the spandex-rockers have experienced in 2003.

Hawkins message will include statements such as: “This time last year I was a music nobody. Today I sit at the top of the music tree, feeling pretty good.”

He adds: “Another major highlight of 2003 was when we headlined Knebworth with Mr Robbie Williams as our warm-down act. Despite the fact that we upstaged him in a pretty dramatic way, Robbie was extremely gracious in accepting a lesson in rock, administered by The Darkness – until the point that his cool friends like Max Beasley turned up, that is, and he dropped us like a hot potato.”

The Darkness’ singer will also impart advice on life, saying: “I’ve learnt that if you’re stout of heart, solid of mind and you stand tall and cheer up everything works out for the best.”

Hawkins will face competition from the Queen, who delivers her speech on BBC1 and ITV1 and Victoria Beckham who will give Channel 4’s alternative Christmas message.

As previously reported on NME.COM, The Darkness’ ’Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)’ missed out on the Christmas number one today (December 21), when the previously unknown duo Michael Andrews and Gary Jules shot straight to the top of the charts with ‘Mad World’.